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The U.S. Olympic swimming team has been dominant since being out-swam by East Germany in 1988. The women will do their part to continue that streak in 2012.
The team will be without Natalie Coughlin in an individual event, though, as her best finish was third in the 200-meter backstroke.
However, Coughlin can tie Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres with a 12th Olympic medal as part of the 4x100-meter free relay team. Her sixth-place finish in the 100-meter free qualified her for the team.
Torres, age 45, came up just short of making her sixth Olympic games. She finished fourth in the 25-meter free.
The following swimmers will headline the U.S. efforts.
Following an impressive U.S. Olympic Trials, Franklin will be the leading woman. She qualified for a U.S. women's-record seven events in London.
The 17-year-old is realistically expected to medal in five of them, all of which could be gold. She took home five medals at last year's world games.
Franklin is from Centennial, Colo., and is scheduled to swim in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle, the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and three relay events.
Franklin has the fastest times in the world for her two backstroke events, but will need to improve her times considerably to be competitive in the two freestyle races.
The U.S. will be well-represented in the freestyle races. Schmitt took first at the 200- and 400-meter distances, posting two of the fastest times in the world for 2012.
She broke her own American record for the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:54.40.
"I didn't feel like I was on my record pace, but I could hear the crowd," Schmitt said after the race (h/t Sporting News). "And when I touched and saw the flames go off, I was pretty excited before I even looked up and saw the time."
Dana Vollmer and Lauren Perdue finished third and fourth, securing spots with Schmitt and Franklin on the 800-meter relay team.
Soni set the standard at the U.S. Trials in the breaststroke. She set the fastest times of the year at the Olympic Trials for 100- and 200-meters.
After setting a world-best mark for 2012 in the semifinals, she finished just behind Breeja Larson in the 100-meter race.
They have two of the fastest times in 2012 and will be the best shot the U.S. has at taking gold and sliver in a women's swimming event.